We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Wonderful southern hospitality, fabulous, fresh food and lovely atmosphere.”
Review of Risto's Place

Risto's Place
Reserve with OpenTable
Risto's Place is not available for your requested time. Choose another time, or search restaurants with availability.
The time you selected has already passed.
Ranked #3 of 164 Restaurants in Statesville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $30
Cuisines: American
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Risto's Place has the feel of fine dining in the neighborhood. Sheryl and Risto Toukola purchased the restaurant in 1999 and operated it as Mayo's Ristorante. In 2007, Risto accidentally lost his life and Sheryl recently renamed the restaurant "Risto's Place" in his honor. Risto left his mark on Sheryl's life and he continues to be with her in the form of a yellow butterfly. Sounds crazy? It's not. On a warm winter day in January 2008, Sheryl was having lunch at an outside café when a yellow butterfly landed on the railing beside her. It just sat there while she ate. Who's ever heard of a butterfly in January? Since then, the yellow butterfly continued to appear to her many times in many places. When Sheryl's granddaughter sees a yellow butterfly, she shouts with joy, There's Papa Risto!" This phenomenon is the impetus that led to the creation of the butterfly in Risto's Place logo, and the reason Sheryl wears a butterfly necklace every day. Corny, maybe, but true. It is said that every restaurant must have a specialty. Sheryl's specialty is fresh food, made from scratch with produce and fruits from the local farmers' market. Herbs are home-grown, desserts homemade daily, soups and sauces simmer long hours on the stove, not heated from a can. Sheryl serves only fresh fish caught in the wild in American waters. Sausages, salamis and cheeses are still sent to Sheryl from specialty stores in her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Go Steelers!) Coffee, however, is shipped in from her favorite roastery in Seattle, Washington. She is all about "Buy American". Her dishes are from an American manufacturer as is her silverware and glassware. She gets canned tomatoes from a California grower and cannery. She purchases every item she can American- made. Prosciutto, however, would not be the same unless it was aged in Italy. Many of Risto's Place customers are travelers on their way to Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head, Savannah, Charleston, Atlanta and Florida. They seek refuge from the fast-food and chain options available just off interstates 40 and 77. Risto's is just one mile from either of these exits. It is amazing that most of those who dine at Risto's going, also time their drive to dine at Risto's when returning. Risto's Place also offers a complete lounge menu for those seeking a less than a full meal, although full meals may be ordered in the lounge. Complete bar and wine services are available and live entertainment can be enjoyed on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and some Saturdays. Open Mic is held every Tuesday at 7:30pm. Solo acts perform on Thursdays at 7:30pm and Bands play on Fridays at 8:00pm. The lounge atmosphere is akin to the television bar affectionately known as "Cheers". Risto's Place lounge and dining room are located at 123 North Center Street, Statesville, North Carolina and are open Tuesday through Saturday beginning at 5:00 pm. Dress code is casual. Lunch is available Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm. Reservations are not required, but are recommended so that staffing is adequate for the crowd. 704-872-5557.
Lakeport, California
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful southern hospitality, fabulous, fresh food and lovely atmosphere.”
Reviewed April 23, 2014 via mobile

We were torn between two restaurants in Statesville and chose Risto's Place for charm and the delightful menu. We were greeted by an enthusiastic hostess and personally attended to by the fun bartender who made us some awesome martini's. Our server recommended a delicious salad and we all enjoyed our entree's. Dessert of cheesecake and chocolate pudding finished off a really wonderful meal. Please visit this restaurant in Statesville. The butterfly theme is very special.

  • Visited April 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
3 Thank EvonneKelly
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

129 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Staunton, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Nice but harried staff – mixed food reviews”
Reviewed April 14, 2014 via mobile

Having read all the previous reviews I can't help but think the four of us may have been there on an off night. Our pasta dish chicken carbonara lacked both seasoning and heat. The French onion soup was watery and likewise needed seasoning. The pizza was delicious and very much like you would find in Italy. I would also suggest that the staff not stop by the table quite so often. It seemed as if every member of the staff inquired whether we needed anything else at one time or another. The chicken Parmesan was quite good but there was not enough red sauce. To summarize, you can't go wrong with the pizza!

Visited April 2014
1 Thank xgwoman
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bracebridge, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great find”
Reviewed April 10, 2014

For all the snowbirds heading home, Ristos Place in Statesville NC offers top quality Italian cuisine, warm atmosphere and charming attentive service service...all at great value!

  • Visited April 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank laminrig
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Roaming Shores, Ohio, United States
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“What a fantastic find through Tripadvisor!”
Reviewed April 8, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I were just traveling through and staying near the Interstate. After a lot of road miles we hoped to find a good sit-down restaurant. The service was very good, personable and they were informative about the menu. The presentation of the dishes, from the salad to the entrée was so nicely done we even took pictures of the plates with my smartphone. We can highly recommend this restaurant. We will stop again for sure, in fact we'll make sure of having Statesville as a stopping point during out next trip.

  • Visited March 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
3 Thank Bob G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Claremont, NC
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice Lunch”
Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

This was my first time visiting this restaurant and I plan on going back. I had a nice Greek salad and a cup of tomato bisque soup.

2 Thank Maysameh
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Risto's Place also viewed


Been to Risto's Place? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing